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Avoid Problems By Preventing Them

An excellent way to solve problems is by not letting them happen in the first place, through prevention. Prevention is why we bring our cars in for maintenance, visit our doctor for an annual exam, and have a mid-year check-in with [...]

Avoid Problems By Preventing Them

Meetings Don’t Bore People…

We blame our meetings for lack of innovation and progress in our companies. It has been declared "brainstorming doesn't work!" We spend our days sitting, wasting time, energy, and money in boring... tan... artifically-lit conference rooms. Accomplishing? Nothing. But, here's the [...]

Meetings Don’t Bore People…

Why (And How) to Develop Great Ideas

To help make an idea great, it has got to have a “why” attached to it (the justification) and a “how” to make it possible (the logistics). Sometimes, when brainstorming, people become attached to certain ideas. Or maybe there is an [...]

Why (And How) to Develop Great Ideas

Innovation Is A Phenomenon, Not A Strategy

Innovation isn't something you do; it is something that happens - a result. To be "innovative", you have to focus on the things that create that result, not the result itself. We can't directly control what is considered innovative no more [...]

Innovation Is A Phenomenon, Not A Strategy

Tips To Be More Creative And Better At Problem Solving

I hope your week is off to a great start. I thought you might like to read two recent interviews featuring Idea Sandbox and our approach to creativity and problem solving. They were conducted just a few weeks ago. I hope [...]

Tips To Be More Creative And Better At Problem Solving

Get Quality Ideas From a Quantity Of Options

You’re in your neighborhood bookstore looking for a title about "social media." Do you immediately buy the first book you see, on the first shelf of the business section? Probably not. You visit a new restaurant for a tasty dinner, do [...]

Get Quality Ideas From a Quantity Of Options

Innovation Requires Both Ideas And Action

Ideas have been getting a bad rap lately. Some say the lack of innovation within organizations isn't because of a lack of ideas, rather a lack of action. There are too many ideas and not enough implementors. But, ideas need champions [...]

Innovation Requires Both Ideas And Action

Hitting Your Innovation Target With A Diagram

Compromise gets a bad rap in the United States. Departing with anything less than the biggest, the best, and the most reflects weakness. Yet, since most of us work in an environment where different people come from different backgrounds with differing [...]

Hitting Your Innovation Target With A Diagram

Innovation: Get Stand Out Ideas Approved By Showing How They Fit In

You have just completed two days of brainstorming. You have narrowed your ideas to the fewer, bigger, and better, and are eager to put them into action. Your next step is to share these ideas within your organization for approval to [...]

Innovation: Get Stand Out Ideas Approved By Showing How They Fit In

Drive Innovation: Suggest Ideas, Don’t Propose Them

How something is presented has an effect on how it is received. Rocket science!? No, it is common sense. Yet, we sometimes neglect the subtleties of presentation and persuasion... especially when we are excited about an idea or innovation. So many [...]

Drive Innovation: Suggest Ideas, Don’t Propose Them
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